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Old May 17th, 2013, 09:40 AM
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Heading out this afternoon on a 300 mile drive to Grand Junction. Considering taking the 110 since I've been driving it lately and it's been doing great (famous last words).

What tools should I have with me just in case. Don't want to be stranded on the side of the road. But not super talented in the repair department.

So far I have some screwdrivers and vice grips. Coolant of course AAA roadside assistance card.

What else?
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Old May 17th, 2013, 09:42 AM
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I always throw in a craftsman tool kit that has most sockets/wrenches you would need for any basic repair.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 09:51 AM
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I always have two packs. One for expeditions that includes things like tie rod ends to hoses, fuses, belt small amount of fluids and a good assortment of tools. AAA card is a must. The around town is general tools, belt, fuses and things of the like. There are lots of threads on this and all reflect a good common sense approach to the most common fail points of our glorious passion.

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AAA roadside assistance card.
For a 300 mile trip, that should be plenty. Not sure what you'd do with screwdrivers. If you have a wrench set, bring it.

Consider buying a Mechanics tool kit from Harbor Freight or somewhere else at some point. I got one for Christmas a few years ago (300 piece kit) and I keep it in the back of the truck whenever I'm going really far. Sure they may not have a lifetime warranty, but none have broken yet, and I've just added on tools from there (hub tool, etc.).

http://www.harborfreight.com/profess...kit-45951.html
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Old May 17th, 2013, 09:58 AM
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A cold 12 pack will keep morale up in the unlikely event that you have problems. And if you don't have problems, it might make for a better day.

Ok, maybe a roll of duct tape for a cup holder.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 10:19 AM
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For a 300 mile trip, that should be plenty. Not sure what you'd do with screwdrivers. If you have a wrench set, bring it. [/URL]
Flathead screwdriver, gloves and coolant have fixed her the last two times we've had issues. Granted I was only a few miles from home.

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Old May 17th, 2013, 10:23 AM
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Yeah, the coolant hoses and other clamps are basically the only few things I can think of that a screwdriver would be good for and figured that's what you have it packed for.
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I carry this. I found them for ~$50 a peice at a discount store 12 or so years ago and bought two for myself and one for my dad. This and some pliers gets you most of what you need. You could find something metric to do the same in craftsman or another brand I am sure.

http://www.amazon.com/Metrinch-Combo...words=metrinch
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Old May 17th, 2013, 10:55 AM
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headlamp, small bright flashlight, work gloves, water and trail mix to hold you over
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for a basic road trip, try to think what could stop you.. i realize that almost anything can happen, but what are the more common occurrences?

overheat -bad hose. bring some liquids I guess. gal of water, quart or two of motor oil. brake fluid to keep a leaking cyl topped up.
electrical battery flat -thrown belt fuses some wire and a pair of strippers if youre confident in your macgyver skills..
flat tire tools, spare w/correct pressure, wheels that will come off

ive been stopped in my tracks twice now bc of a clogged fuel filter..

no start bc of bad cap/rotor/wires -bring WD40 and a clean rag to dry a wet cap

chances are that one a road trip youre not going to lose your tranny, or blow out your brakes.. and if you plan for these types of things for every trip, then your truck is going to be constantly loaded with every spare part and doo dad you can think of, its a slippery slope. I like being prepared, within reason. AAA card, BirmaBrothers list printout and some cash/celphone are your friends for the big issues that may pop up.


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I made it 20 feet out of my driveway before running out of gass this morning. Thankfully I had about a gallon left from cutting grass...
make sure your tank is full!!

I have one of the tool kits from Harbor Freight as well... has completed every job so far.
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I may be alone here, but to carry hundreds of pieces of tools with you is senseless unless you are going on a trail or some long distance trip. That said, I do carry a kit I have tailored to my needs over the years, consisting of specific tools I would need for specific tasks- all of which are from a second set of tools not to be mixed up with my shop tools that get daily use... My problem originally was that I would carry wayyyyy too much with me and never use it. Carrying nothing isn't a solution either. Here is how I do it now:

I always have a knife somewhere. Cutting yourself out of a seatbelt sucks but its better than not being able to cut yourself out. Channel lock pliers. Cutters. Zip ties. Black duct tape.
Of course a hammer. Not optional. Ever. In my diesel I also carry the wrench I would need if I ran out of fuel and needed to bleed the fuel lines.

Always carry the fewest amount of tools possible that you would need to disconnect/remove the battery, for me that's a 10mm wrench and a 13mm wrench.

Always carry the fewest amount of tools that you would need to change a flat on a soft shoulder. I carry a small piece of plywood to keep jack from sinking, a jack, and a lug wrench.

Always carry the tools you would want to have of you needed to replace the belt(s) on the side of the road. Fan clutch wrench is a must. Serp belt trucks need a 15mm for the tensioner, v belt guys will need a bunch of stuff. Keeping new belt(s) with you wouldn't hurt either.

If there is some problem that requires more than that I will find another way.
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For a 300 mile trip, that should be plenty. Not sure what you'd do with screwdrivers. If you have a wrench set, bring it.

Consider buying a Mechanics tool kit from Harbor Freight or somewhere else at some point. I got one for Christmas a few years ago (300 piece kit) and I keep it in the back of the truck whenever I'm going really far. Sure they may not have a lifetime warranty, but none have broken yet, and I've just added on tools from there (hub tool, etc.).

http://www.harborfreight.com/profess...kit-45951.html
This is on sale for $149 thru the 14th.

http://images.harborfreight.com/hftw...bnr2014-CJ.pdf
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Old December 12th, 2014, 11:22 PM
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This is on sale for $149 thru the 14th. http://images.harborfreight.com/hftw...bnr2014-CJ.pdf
I still use mine! So it's been good enough for my general use.
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Just ordered one. Looks like a decent complete set and beats my incoherent trail setup of various tool rolls and bags.
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I prefer to buy sockets sets that are more easily packed in smaller packages. Such as http://www.sears.com/craftsman-9-pc-...&blockType=G44
You can always find otherwise wasted space to store these.
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I'd suggest a few basic electrical tools. A test meter or test light. Some electrical connectors. Some nice wire cutters/ strippers and crimp tool. A 12v or gas soldering iron and a few scraps of wire would allow you to fix a number of issues.

Spare bulbs and fuses should be in the kit too.
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